[acn-l] (FWD)-Shark Conference 2000 - Feb 21-14, 2000 in Hawaii

Dean Staff (dstaff at home.com)
Tue, 11 Jan 2000 09:53:10 -0500

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 14, 1999

Shark Conference 2000

As a result of the a growing international concern for the
management
of shark fisheries and efforts to eliminate the practice of shark
finning, the world's first international shark conservation conference
will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii February 21-24, 2000.

Fishery managers, scientists, government representatives and other
interested parties from the United States, South America, South
Africa, Europe and Asia will attend the Conference in Honolulu to
discuss a variety of issues that could have a significant impact on
shark management internationally.

WildAid, the Hawaii Audubon Society and the Western Pacific
Fisheries
Coalition will be presenting the Conference which has set an
agenda
that will discuss a variety of issues that we hope will assist in
furthering management of these fisheries. According to FAO
statistics
over 100 million sharks were caught last year. However, since
bycatch
is not recorded, this is likely to be a significant underestimate.
Sharks are increasingly used as a food source, predominantly in
developing countries, as other fish stocks collapse Shark fisheries
are generally poorly documented and poorly regulated, and in many
cases appear to be unsustainable even in the short term.

The goals of the conference would be: 1) to bring together key
activists, conservationists, scientists, fisheries management
experts, marine enforcement experts under one roof. 2) to give a
state
of the planet review of sharks and current problems in their
conservation. 3) to foster cooperation in progressing shark issues
and
to develop strategies. 4) to give donors a chance to assess the
various areas of potential investment in shark conservation and
research. 5) to raise public awareness of the true nature of sharks
and shark conservation issues in Hawaii and globally and of the
economic and ecological value of sharks.

Speakers will present their papers and take questions and break
out
groups will discuss specific subject matter (see agenda). With the
first CITES listings proposed for sharks and a number of countries
considering stricter management, 2000 may be a crucial year for
shark
conservation.

Some of the topics that will be covered will include:
...........Why are sharks in trouble and why should we protect them?
...........An Overview of the Biological Status of Shark Species
...........A review of international legislation and fora to protect
sharks: CITES, FAO, Barcelona & Bonn Conventions, UN Law of
the Sea:
How could they help sharks ? ............Shark tourism: the benefits
and problems .............An overview of the world trade in sharks and
shark products with special reference to meat, fins, oil and
cartilage.
.............The use of, and attitudes to, shark fin in east Asia
how can
we reduce consumption?
..............Sharks in longline fisheries
..............Programs in the Pacific with comments on Pacific Ocean
distributions and the effects of live finning ..............The
bycatch problem and how to reduce it

For more information, a complete agenda or to register go to
http://209.133.10.132/sharkcon/
There is limited seating and reservations are on a first come, first
serve basis.

This Conference is being sponsored by:
The Barbara Delano Foundation, The Homeland Foundation, The
David &
Lucile Packard Foundation and The AVINA Foundation

Bob Endreson
Western Pacific Fisheries Coalition
www.westpacfisheries.net

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Dean Staff Kanata On. Canada
dstaff at home.com
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